|Series: Brush Creek Brides # 4|
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: AEJ Creative Works
Released: August 15, 2017
Blake Gibbons knows farming like the back of his hand. He knows when to plant, what to do if an early frost comes, and how to deal with pests. He also knows how to fix old buildings into something new, and he does several odd jobs around the town of Brush Creek. When his construction work takes him to the bakery, he meets Erin Shields, the niece of the bakery owner. She's beautiful, she's hard-working, and she has three children under the age of eight.
Erin has recently moved to Brush Creek to help her aunt and uncle with the pie-making side of the bakery. It's been a good, if difficult, change for her and her kids. Divorced a year ago, Erin's been living with her parents until she moves to Brush Creek, and she's determined to find a way to support herself and her kids. The bakery is the ticket and she works hard to figure out how much flour to put in pie crust to make it oh-so-flaky.
But now Blake's caught her eye, and as they start a relationship, Erin's worries increase. How will her children handle Blake in their lives? Is she ready for another husband? Where will they all live? In the end, both Blake and Erin will have to search their souls -- and rely on God -- to find their path through farming and pie filling to a happily-ever-after.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 (4 stars)
This was a fun quick read. I enjoyed these two characters and I smiled most of the way through. There were definitely some swoon worthy moments throughout. Blake is attracted to Erin from the moment he meets her, but when he finds out she is a single mother to three children he is overwhelmed. What does a single cowboy know about children? However with her kids spending 6 weeks at their father’s and Blake working at the Erin’s workplace these two can’t help but be around each other and get to really know one another. The relationship that builds is tested when the kids return home. When Erin confronted Blake about his feelings and stated that her happiness mattered too I was so proud of her. This was an enjoyable read that revolves around overcoming the past to move forward and accepting that God's plan for your life may look different than you think.
“Without thinking, without second guessing, without a single word, Blake stepped forward, swept his arm around Erin’s waist, and pressed his lips to hers.”